Former UM Rosenstiel School Dean and Emeritus Professor, Bruce Rosendahl Passes Away


MIAMI – The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science is saddened to announce that the School’s sixth Dean and Professor Emeritus of Marine Geology and Geophysics passed away in Annapolis, Md. on July 26, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Susan Ellen Rosendahl, two children and one grandson.

Bruce Rosendahl was the dean of the Rosenstiel School from 1989 to 1995 and a professor in the Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics until he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004. He was the first recipient of the Lewis G. Weeks Chair in Geology. During his period as Dean the funds from the Weeks endowment were used to guarantee salaries for young faculty within the Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics, and, to hire new faculty.

As Dean of RSMAS Bruce was a larger than life person who heavily involved himself in the science, fund raising, growth and well being of the School. He served as the chair of several dissertation committees as well as being a member on several other PhD and MS committees.

He was the author and coauthor of several books, two seismic atlases, and more than 65 papers in scientific journals. His volume African Rifting is a classic in the field of marine geology. His professional affiliation included participation in the Joint Oceanographic Institution's board of governors, executive committee of JOIDES, Southern Association of Marine Laboratories, Council on Ocean Affairs, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Interunion Commission on Lithosphere, Marine Geology Committee of the American Association for Petroleum Geologists and the International Lithosphere Program. He was also a trustee of the Miami Museum of Science and served on the board of directors for the Miami Marine Council and MAST Academy.

Prior to joining UM, Rosendahl was a faculty member at Duke University, and launched Project PROBE in which he and a team of scientists conducted seismic surveys of the African Great Lakes of Tanganyika, Malawi, Victoria and Turkana. The team's work on the research vessel Nyanja led to new understandings about continental rift zones.

Rosendahl earned his BS in geology and MS degrees in geophysics from the University of Hawaii. His PhD in Earth Sciences is from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, where his dissertation involved the use of seismic methodology to image a zone beneath the East Pacific Rise.

He was born in Jamestown, N.Y. where he grew up on Lake Chautauqua learning to boat, fish and dive.

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